Major Requirements

Degree Requirements

To Declare

Students must earn a C or better in BIOSC 0150, BIOSC 0160, CHEM 0110, and CHEM 0120 to declare the Neuroscience major.

Major Requirements

In addition to the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences general education requirements, neuroscience majors must complete a minimum of 59 credits, detailed as follows:

Required Courses 

 *Students may use University Honors College (UHC) course equivalents to fulfill requirements. All UHC courses require a minimum 3.25 GPA to enroll.

  • NROSCI 1000/(1003 UHC) — Introduction to Neuroscience
    • Prerequisites: "C" in BIOSC 0150, BIOS 0160, CHEM 0110, and CHEM 0120 
    • As of the 2101 term (Fall 2009) a "B-" or better ("C" will not do) must be earned in NROSCI 1000/1003 in order to enroll in subsequent Neuroscience core courses or advanced electives.
  • NROSCI 1049 — Topics in Neuroscience Research
    • Prerequisites: NROSCI 1000; NROSCI 1049 should be taken within a year of taking NROSCI 1000.
  • NROSCI 1011/(1013 UHC) — Functional Neuroanatomy
    • Prerequisites: NROSCI 1000
  • NROSCI 1012/(1018 UHC) — Neurophysiology
    • Prerequisites: NROSCI 1000, CHEM 0120, PHYS 0110 & 0111, MATH 0220 
  • NROSCI 1017 — Synaptic Transmission
    • Prerequisite: NROSCI 1000
  • NROSCI 1962 —Thesis Research Writing practicum


  • NROSCI 1800/1801 —Neuroscience Writing practicum 1 or 2 (equivalent courses).

Neuroscience majors must also choose two advanced electives from the following:

  • NROSCI 1014 — Speaking of Science
    • Prerequisites: NROSCI 1000
  • NROSCI 1028 — Signaling Pathways in synaptic Plasticity 
    • Prerequisites: NROSCI 1000
  • NROSCI 1030 — Psychiatric Disorders and Brain Function 
    • Prerequisites: NROSCI 1000& NROSCI 1011
  • NROSCI 1032 — Functional Organization of the Human Nervous System
    • Prerequisites: NROSCI 1000 & NROSCI 1011
  • NROSCI 1033 — Neural Basis of Vision
    • Prerequisites: NROSCI 1000 & NROSCI 1011
  • NROSCI 1034 — Neural Basis of Cognition
    • Prerequisites: NROSCI 1000 & NROSCI 1011
  • NROSCI 1040/(1140 UHC) — Biological Bases of Learning and Memory
    • Prerequisites: NROSCI 1000, NROSCI 1012 & NROSCI 1017 
  • NROSCI 1042 — Neurochemical Basis of Behavior
    • Prerequisites: NROSCI 1000, NROSCI 1011 & CHEM 0310
  • NROSCI 1043 —Neural Plasticity
    • Prerequisites: NROSCI 1000
  • NROSCI 1200 —Neuropharmacology of Addiction
    • Prerequisites: NROSCI 1000

Students who matriculated in the term 2081 (Fall 2007) or later must complete a capstone experience.  The options for this requirement are one of the following:

  • NROSCI 1027 — Topics in Neuroscience: Pro Seminar
  • NROSCI 1901/1961 — Independent Research (4 credits)
  • NROSCI 1903 — Neuroscience Internship Experience (3 cr, Letter Grade option)
  • NROSCI 1962 — Thesis Writing Practicum

Corequisite Courses

BIOSC 0150, 0160, 0050, and 0060 — Foundations of Biology 1 and 2 and labs
BIOSC 1000 — Biochemistry
CHEM 0110 and 0120 — General Chemistry 1 and 2
CHEM 0310 and 0320, and 0345 — Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 and lab
MATH 0220 — Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1
NROSCI 1250 — Human Physiology
PHYS 0110 and 0111 — Basic Physics for Science and Engineering 1 and 2 

Grade Requirements

Students majoring in neuroscience must take all courses listed above (both required and corequisite courses) for a letter grade with the exception of NROSCI 1049.

NROSCI 1000 — Introduction to Neuroscience must be passed with a "B-" or better* ("C" will not do). A passing grade below a "C" earned in any of the other required courses will be accepted only if it is balanced out with higher grades, so that the major GPA remains a 2.00 or better.

The cumulative corequisite GPA must also be 2.00 or better. In the corequisites, a passing grade below "C" in any course may be accepted only if it is appropriately balanced with higher grades. This requirement applies collectively to corequisite courses taught in the Department of Neuroscience and those taught in other departments.

*Students who took NROSCI 1000 prior to the 2101 term (Fall 2009) must have earned a grade of "C" ("C-" will not do) in NROSCI 1000 Introduction to Neuroscience as a prerequisite to taking any other departmental core or advanced elective courses.

Undergraduate Research

The Department of Neuroscience encourages interested undergraduate majors to gain research experience within an active neuroscience laboratory. The department is a world-class research department committed to high quality research and sharing the excitement of scientific exploration with trainees. Majors are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to do meaningful neuroscience research while still undergraduates. It is not unusual for majors to report their research at scientific meetings and to be published. While research experience itself has strong benefits, it is also useful for interacting more closely with professors and enhancing preparation for graduate or medical school. Most undergraduates who enroll in research for credit are interested in completing an independent project that results in an undergraduate thesis.

Departmental Honors

To qualify for departmental honors, students are required to achieve a minimum overall GPA of 3.50, a minimum major GPA of 3.50, complete a substantial amount of neuroscience research on an approved research project, give a public presentation, and write a senior thesis. 

The full faculty of the department approves departmental honors after consideration of all eligible students.

Please contact the advising office for more information.